What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
Wither was such an insane story that I couldn't help loving. I couldn't imagine knowing when I would die and everyone else in the world is in pretty much the same boat. It made Rhine's story so heartbreaking, because of the fact that she was forced into a marriage. She wanted to find something different and is forced into the last place she wanted to be in. I loved how calculating she was and the fact that she was so ruthless and strong. Linden was so niave. He honestly had no clue what he was doing I hated his clueless nature at times. I adored Gabriel. He wanted so much for Rhine and I completely adored him. The plot of Wither completely engaged me every point along the way. I kept on trying to guess what would happen next and was wrong most of the time. I found myself engaged in the world and completely found it believable for our future. This was a really unique dystopian novel. DeStefano is a fantastic writer. Wither is her debut and I can't wait from more in the future. Wither is an amazing book and I highly reccomend that you check out this book, if you are a fan of Dystopian fiction. I am sure that the twist and turns will surprise you and the fantastic character will grab your heart. The amazing setting only made this story so much stronger and more daunting.